Insalata di Fagioli e Tonno

(Or Salad of White Bean and Tuna)

Don’t things just sound fancier if you say their foreign name? I wish someone asked me what I had for lunch, then I can say fagioli e tonno instead of beans and canned tuna. But in spite it’s fancy name, this dish is down-to-earth, super easy to prepare, and made with ingredients that you probably already  have in your kitchen.

This simple Italian salad is bursting with protein from the cannellini beans and tuna, and for added nutrients, I served it on top of some spinach.

Insalata di Fagioli e Tonno

(original recipe from Saveur)

1/2 cup cannellini beans
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (I used a Tangerine balsamic vinegar from Boston Olive Oil Co. but traditionally, red wine vinegar is used)
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 can tuna in olive oil
1 cup fresh spinach

Whisk together the oil, vinegar, and garlic, then combine with the beans, salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes. Pour the beans mixture on top of a bed of spinach, and top with chunks of tuna. Serve immediately.

Insalata de Fagioli e Tonno

This was a great lunch; it was filling yet I don’t feel weighed down. The cannelini beans lend a creamy texture to the whole dish, and the tuna packed in olive oil tastes more elegant than the light tuna in water pouches that I usually buy. The mild tangerine vinegar also adds a subtle citrus flavor to the whole dish. Next time I will garnish with a squeeze of lemon juice too to add more freshness.

Do you have a go-to salad recipe made with ingredients you always keep on hand?


16 Responses to “Insalata di Fagioli e Tonno”

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    Michelle posted April 19, 2011 at 8:26 am

    This salad looks great! I made an open-faced tuna melt using tuna, capers, salt and pepper and cheddar cheese. SO good!

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

      Oooh Michelle I have not had a tuna melt in a while, I think I’ll make that too!

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    Elizabeth posted April 19, 2011 at 9:43 am

    This is hilarious, my roommate made the exact same thing for dinner last night and used the recipe from Saveur. It smelled great

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Haha Elizabeth, I think maybe canned tuna is all the rage this week :p

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    Lele posted April 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I’ve made something similar and stuffed it into tomatoes and they were AWESOME. I highly recommend if you have leftovers!

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    MelissaNibbles posted April 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    That looks delicious. I make something similar and put it over pasta.

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    Megan posted April 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    This looks tasty! I throw pretty much anything in salad and don’t really have a usual. In the summer, my salads are much more fun with tons of tomatoes and fresh corn!

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    Kristina posted April 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I love makeshift salads!

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    cassie posted April 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    your salad looks yummy.. my go to salad, mix greens, cranberries, gorgonzola cheese and roasted walnuts.. on a bad day, as long as i have grilled chicken in the house and some other veggies, i can make a salad ;-)

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    Olga @ MangoTomato posted April 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    yum! Love tuna salads. Sometimes put garbanzo beans to mine with mayo.

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    The Food Hound posted April 20, 2011 at 7:44 am

    So glad you stopped by the Food Hound! I love your blog, and I fully support addictions to chocolate! And I am soooo into using the foreign name for a dish. Although Chicken in Wine Sauce sounds good, Coq au Vin sounds tons better :)

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    Bridget posted April 20, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I always have canned tuna around, and love salads like this!! I usually never think of adding the beans, but I really should…I love beans and they do add a great texture. Looks delicious!

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    Michelle Collins posted April 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    This looks great, and I love how simple and affordable it is. Anything that includes arugula and avocado is a go-to salad for me!

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    Shoshy posted April 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Yum – this light recipe looks like such an interesting combination of ingredients!

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun posted April 21, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Yep. That name does make all the difference! Beans & tuna certainly doesn’t sound too appealing, but the other does. And I love lunches like that – filling but not heavy.

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    Joanne posted April 21, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I love how healthy this is! Perfect for a quick and easy lunch! (Doesn’t everything sound better in Italian? Totally the language of love.)

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